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Perfect Roast Chicken
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Perfect Roast Chicken

Perfect Roast Chicken is so easy, and turns out flavorful and juicy every single time. This chicken has the most warming hint of lemon, garlic and thyme flavors, and let's not forget about the crispy skin! A winning chicken dinner your family is going to ask for all the time!
Course: Main Course
Keyword: perfect roast chicken
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Author: Heather


  • 5-6 pound whole chicken
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 lemon, cut in half
  • pinch fresh thyme, (about 10 sprigs) or 1 Tbsp dried
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • salt and pepper


  • Preheat oven to 450°. Remove the giblets from the cavity of the chicken and pat chicken dry. Let chicken sit at room temp for 30 minutes.
  • Slice the onion into ½ inch slices and place in bottom of roasting pan of 9x13 casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle a generous amount of salt and pepper to the cavity of the chicken, then add the thyme, garlic, and lemon halves.
  • Melt the butter and brush all over the chicken. Add another generous amount of salt and pepper. Optional: add a sprinkle of more thyme too.
  • Truss the legs together and tuck the wings under the breast. Place the chicken on the middle rack in the oven.
  • Roast chicken for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 425° and roast another hour and 15 minutes. Optional: baste the chicken with its juices half way through the cook time.
  • Check the internal temp of the chicken, it is finished at 160°. Let the chicken rest uncovered for 15 minutes.


Sodium: 122mg | Calcium: 24mg | Vitamin C: 11mg | Vitamin A: 281IU | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 316mg | Cholesterol: 110mg | Calories: 332kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Fat: 23g | Protein: 26g | Carbohydrates: 4g | Iron: 1mg
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